On the eleventh day of October, I was greeted by a series of fortunate surprises involving sweet treats and sweeter company.
Greeting me at my door with a small gift to be unwrapped later, was the Presenter of surprises for the day. Very much a part of the day, yet at times taking a back seat, he plays the role of a narrator of my personal adventure tale. A quick hug and a kiss and we are off.
The first stop, Carpenter and Cook. Unsuspectingly sequestered in an alleyway off Bukit Timah (closer to Jalan Jurong Kecil) is a bakery/cafe. The marvels of nostalgia awaits as we entered the premises. Almost like time travelling back into the time of my grandparents, the store lines memories almost as well as they line their pastries and desserts, creating a surprising ambience of being in a happy museum where food is very welcome near (and on) the exhibits.
As soon as we stepped foot into the cafe, we are greeted with an artistic piece of mosaic tiles, the ultimate welcome mat.
Once can hardly take in all the vintage furniture, cutlery, and accents in a single glance. Every where I looked, I was delighted to be fascinated by something old - the sewing machine tables with attached pedals (the sewing machine itself displayed in a line on a counter), the mismatched tables and chairs (each holding up its own marvellous stories of the past), the huge clocks (once viewed by a sea captain), the list is unending.
The biggest surprise here was Thanes (a secret plan hatched by my conspirator). Wandering in a little lost, I noticed her first before she spotted me. In that brief moment, I thought of how coincidental it was that she, too, was at this particular cafe. Ensuing my squeals of delight was the difficult choice of brunch.
We settled on a smashing savoury brioche bun with sun-dried tomatoes, a picnic spinach quiche, a latte and a pot of cinnamon tea. All served on classic vintage cups and plates, paired with unique cutlery, the food matched the atmosphere of the place - imperfect and homey, tasty and familiar. I will soon return to take in more of the cafe - both the ambience and nibbles. Thanes leaves us here.
Following a scenic bus ride in the tranquil rain, our next stop was Millenia Walk. (We took a little detour to Pandora to obtain a luggage charm to add on to my charm bracelet. Therein lies the promise of more adventures with my mastermind.)
Back to dessert places, we ended up at 3 Inch Sin. Fun-sized chocolate goodness it is. It may be small but the Bitter Orange Molten Chocolate Cake sure packed in a bomb of warm gooey chocolate, heavenly when paired with the salted caramel ice cream. (A side note: the salted caramel ice cream here can’t beat the one at Salted Caramel along Upper Thomson Road. It is creamier and saltier, without overpowering the sweetness of the caramel.) The guest here is Shikha! A wonderful catch up after a meet-up that was six months overdue.
Shikha accompanied us to our next discovery: Tuxedo at Carlton Hotel (her former workplace).
Just our luck, they had an offer of a free slice of Tuxedo cake with every pot of tea. We paired our decadent chocolate cake with a pot of earl grey, which was a little odd, but still lovely.
By this point, we are a little on a chocolate overload, and I am definitely on a happy sugar high. We bid Shikha farewell until next time (which hopefully won’t be another half a year).
We managed to slot in a viewing of Looper (starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt!). I was not disappointed at all! There are some draggy bits in the middle, which is to be expected given that there was a necessity to lay down the premise of the show. I was a little wary before I watched it because movies with time travel tend to be a little cheesy, or forced, or simply illogical, but Looper is a good combination of suspense and confusion, with the loose ends tied up. I really enjoyed it (and not only because of Joe in there).
Our final destination is somewhat of a tradition - Swensen’s at Thomson Plaza with the family. Following a huge meal of Deep Fried Mushrooms, Chilli Fish Pasta, Mega Lamb Burger (mine), Mega Burger, Sourdough 49ers Chicken and Sourdough 49ers Beef, and Melty Cheesy Crust Chicken, to be shared amongst six adults and a hyper child, we had desserts.
It was unbelievable how much desserts we had - and they were all free. We dug into a 1kg Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Cake, TWO Birthday Firehouses and a Frosted Chocolate Malt Sundae. By this point, I was bursting and we had to bring home three-quarters of the cake. Of course, there was still time to unwrap a gift from my parents, which was a pretty wristlet that my mum had me pick out months ago.
My favourite gift is the Time Turner, and the last of 3 from my giver of gifts. (The first was the charm and the second, a little note by my ostentatious cretin.) I feel like a geeky Hermione - either the time turner made me more geeky, or it enhanced my inner geek, but I had made some very cheesy Harry Potter references for days.
Feels like I’ve come full circle and return right back into the Dragon’s arms. It’s been a good 12 years since my last Dragon adventures, and I’m feeling better than happy - I’m content and feeling positive. Anything is possible.